Leaving the White House on Wednesday, while Ambassador Gordon Sondland was still testifying at the House impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump recounts Sondland's opening statement, saying it shows he didn’t ask for anything from Ukraine:
Trump appears to believe that his statement just now will be “the final word from the pres of the U.S.” pic.twitter.com/gQ7J0pn8Jq— Sam Stein (@samstein) November 20, 2019
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I'm going to go very quickly, just a quick comment on what is going on in terms of testimony with Ambassador Sondland. I just noticed one thing that means it is all over.
"What do you want from Ukraine?" he asks me. "What do you want from Ukraine? I keep hearing all these different ideas and theories," this is Ambassador Sondland speaking to me, just happened. And then I turned off the television...
"What do you want? What do you want?"
It was a very short and abrupt conversation he had with me, he said I was not in a good mood. (I'm always in a good mood, so I don't know what that is.)
He just said, now he's talking about what my response was. He's going "What do you want? What do you want? I hear all these theories. What do you want?"
Here's my response that he just gave. Ready? You have the cameras rolling?
"I want nothing."
That's what I want from Ukraine. That's what I said.
"I want nothing."
I said it twice...
I do not know him well. This is not a man I have spoken to much. I do not know him well. Seems like a nice guy, though. I do not know him well. He was with other candidates, he came in late. But here's my response. If you weren't fake news you'd cover it properly.
"I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing."
Then he says: "This is the final word from the President of the United States, I want nothing."
Thank you, folks, have a good time.
Trump's personal attorney at the center of the scandal added:
During the July 24 conversation @realDonaldTrump agrees to a meeting with Pres. Zelensky without requiring an investigation, any discussion of military aid or any condition whatsoever.— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) November 20, 2019
This record shows definitively no quid pro quo, which is the same as no bribery. END OF CASE!